"Big Oak Flat" A wood carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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I call this carving “Big Oak Flat”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace. It’s such a great listener and is always there for you. It is so full of Love and Acceptance. There is a lot of detail in this carving. It is my favorite kind of Tree to carve. I don’t carve nearly as many tree carvings as I used to carve.



It measures 8 7/8” tall x 20 5/8” wide x 1 1/4” thick. These Oak Trees are the most time consuming to make of all my carvings. But they are my favorite to look at and enjoy. I love the challenge! I really love the way this one turned out.

I carved it out of a Big Leaf Maple Burl. It has Burl, Curly and some really fun figuring in the grain. A burl is usually caused by a trees reaction to an agro bacteria. It starts sending out a huge number of buds showing birds eye grain throughout the burl. It is very unusual and is very interesting to look at.

The technique I use is called Pierced Relief. It is carved out of one piece of wood and nothing is added. I have been carving since 1971 and a tree was the first carving I did. I have always been stimulated to carve a resemblance of a tree out of a tree. My technique has evolved over all of these years to what you see here. I keep seeing ways to make things more life like. And I love a piece to look like it is in the middle of a story that each observer can make up. Sometimes a different story each time we look at it and sometimes the same one. I love giving a piece the feeling of action. Sometimes tranquil and sometimes playful. I love it all.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#3 posted 197 days ago

Absolutely stunning!

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#4 posted 197 days ago

Love the details of your work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 197 days ago

How long does this take a master such as your self to bring these carvings to life? I think a lot of are saying someday I will make something that cool!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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#7 posted 197 days ago

beautiful carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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This one was around 25-30 hours, James.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#10 posted 197 days ago

I am such a fan of your work. Just beautiful.

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#11 posted 197 days ago

Wonderful work Wiz, and you are correct about the trees listening. This piece is totally enjoyable.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 197 days ago

You put the ‘art’ in woodworking, as well as any I’ve ever seen.
thanks for sharing it with us!

-- Smitty

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#13 posted 196 days ago

Intricately amazing, as all of your carvings are.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 196 days ago

Another masterpiece

-- Steve--

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#15 posted 196 days ago

As you said, depending how I look at it, I can feel the peace of a quiet forest or the excitement of discovering a mysterious world. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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